2:12pm

Tue January 14, 2014
It's All Politics

Christie Concedes 'Mistakes Were Made' In Bridge Scandal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address Tuesday in Trenton, N.J.
Mel Evans AP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, engulfed in scandal over the politically motivated closing of bridge access lanes and questions about how he spent federal Hurricane Sandy aid, pledged Tuesday to "cooperate with all appropriate inquiries."

In his annual State of the State speech from the State Capitol in Trenton, the two-term Republican governor made quick work of the George Washington Bridge controversy, which hopelessly snarled traffic in the city of Fort Lee for days. The circumstances surrounding the episode have clouded the prospects of a potential presidential bid in 2016.

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2:12pm

Tue January 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Charleston Mayor: Company Behind Chemical Leak Run By 'Renegades'

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:08 pm

Charleston mayor Danny Jones.
Craig Cunningham AP

The mayor of Charleston, W.Va., says the company behind the chemical spill that essentially shut down his city for days was run by "a small of group of renegades," who in his opinion knew there were problems with the tanks that leaked dangerous chemicals into the city's water supply.

"I'm not even sure they cared what happened to the public," Danny Jones told Melissa Block on Tuesday's edition of All Things Considered.

Jones said he knows some of the people in charge of Freedom Industries and he considers them "to be a little edgy."

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2:03pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: Walker & Groopman

A girl might be influenced to go into music when her parents name her “Melody.”  Perhaps that’s the case with Melody Walker, who you’re hearing now, with Jacob Groopman. They like to call their sound “AmeriCali.” That’s Americana music, from Jacob’s Virginia roots, with a California sound, from Melody’s Bay Area upbringing.

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1:39pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Shots - Health News

Drug Tests Don't Deter Drug Use, But School Environment Might

So am I doing this to forget how much I hate my school?
iStockphoto

Schools that do random drug testing say it helps students say no to illegal drugs, while critics say it's an invasion of privacy. But feeling good about school may affect students' drug use more than the threat of testing.

A survey of high school students found that the possibility that they might face drug testing didn't really discourage students from alcohol, cigarettes or marijuana. But students who thought their school had a positive environment were less apt to try cigarettes and pot.

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1:01pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Out In The Bay 1/16/2014

Marga Gomez' "Lovebirds"

One of the first 'out' comics, award-winning solo performer Marga Gomez talks with Marilyn Pittman about her 10th solo show, "Lovebirds," running January 23rd-March 15th at The Marsh in San Francisco's Mission District. A G.L.A.A.D. award-winner, Marga has been seen on Logo, HBO, Showtime, and PBS. They'll talk about the early days of comedy and the new show full of wacky lovers chasing love.  7pm Pacific, Thursday, January 16th, 2014

12:37pm

Tue January 14, 2014
Parallels

Weird Stuff World Leaders Give Each Other

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:33 pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds up a pair of Idaho potatoes as a gift for Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, standing right, at the start of their meeting at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris on Monday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

You say potato, John Kerry says let's give it to Russia.

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12:15pm

Tue January 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Judge Fears NFL Concussion Settlement Isn't Large Enough

Junior Seau sustained many concussions during his career and was suffering from a degenerative brain disease when he killed himself in May 2012.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

A federal judge rejected a preliminary approval of a $765 million settlement over NFL concussion claims.

U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody said she was concerned the settlement may not be enough to cover all retired players.

The AP adds:

"'I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their (families) ... will be paid,' Brody wrote in a 12-page opinion filed Tuesday morning.

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11:54am

Tue January 14, 2014
Politics

Will Durst: Ye olde predictions piece

 

Hey guys,

Will Durst here with a few choice words, about this - the beginning of the new year - and the grand old tradition of we professional commentators trotting out the tried but true 'ye olde predictions' piece. 

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11:48am

Tue January 14, 2014
The Two-Way

India's High Court Rocked By Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:02 pm

Former justices on the Supreme Court of India have been accused of sexual harassment.
Anindito Mukherjee EPA/Landov

India's Supreme Court is set to hear a petition Wednesday against one of its own retired judges over allegations that he sexually harassed a former intern — the second such case to be made public in as many months.

The alleged incidents have cast a cloud over the country's highest court and pressure has mounted for it to comply with its own 1997 rulings requiring panels in the workplace to hear harassment complaints. Critics say such a panel for the Supreme Court itself is long overdue.

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11:15am

Tue January 14, 2014
The Salt

Tobacco Returns To The Bar, This Time Inside Cocktails

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 12:09 pm

The Step-dad cocktail at Bar Charley in Washington, D.C., features house-made tobacco bitters.
Courtesy of Leo Schmid

Take a sip of the Oaxacan Fizz at Father's Office in Los Angeles and you'll discover the unmistakable taste of tobacco. That's because this cocktail is sweetened with a small amount of tobacco-infused sugar syrup.

"A lot of people say, 'I only smoke when I drink,'" says chef-owner Sang Yoon. "We say, 'Now you can do both.'"

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